The number of checks performed by the National Instant Check System declined a bit from the all-time record set last month, but only a bit. In fact, the FBI figures released today are the largest number of NICS checks performed in the month of April in the 20-year history of the instant background check system.
According to the FBI, there were 2,911,128 checks performed in April, compared to 3,740,688 checks performed in March. The previous high for the month of April was set in 2019, when 2,334,249 checks were conducted. In fact, April’s numbers were the fourth highest in NICS history, behind March of this year, December 2015, and December 2019.
Keep in mind, gun stores in New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Washington, the city of Los Angeles, and many Bay-area cities and counties in California were ordered closed during the month of April, and gun stores in most other states were subject to social distancing policies that limited the number of customers. Despite all that, the National Shooting Sports Foundation says that the NICS checks on gun sales were up 69-percent compared to April of 2019.